PILGRIMAGE TOUR - HOLY LAND & JORDAN
October 27, 2020 – November 5, 2020
Under the Spiritual Guidance of Fr. Denis Vaiz, Diocese of Sault Ste Marie.
10 Days | 8 Nights - Daily Mass - Air + Land Transfer - English Speaking Tour Guide - Superior Hotel Stay - Daily Meals
October 27 : Departure Toronto
Board flight to Tel Aviv from Toronto International Airport.
October 28 : Arrival Tel Aviv
Upon arrival in Tel Aviv airport, you will collect your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall. Sharing transfer to your Hotel BY 14 along the Mediterranean shore line. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
October 29 : Capernaum - Cana of Galilee - Nazareth
After breakfast, we travel up the coast to Caesarea. We will visit the Roman and Crusader ruins, where Paul was held prisoner by the Romans. We continue our journey into the Carmel Mountains, heading for the Sea of Galilee. We stop in Haifa where we will visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery which houses the Madonna of Mt. Carmel. We continue on to Mukhraka where Elijah confronted the false prophets of Baal and where the Carmelite Order began. Our next stop is nearby Nazareth (Luke 1:26-38), where we will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary's Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. We head on to Cana (John 2:1-11; 4:46; 21:2), the village where Jesus performed his first miracle changing water into wine. Our pilgrim couples will have a special opportunity to renew their wedding vows. Overnight at Hotel Kibbutz Kinar by the Sea of Galilee or similar.
October 30 : Galilee - Synagogue - Mt Tabor
Today we will focus on the Ministry of Christ during his time in Galilee. We will enjoy a peaceful boat ride across the Sea of Galilee where Christ walked on water. We visit the Holy site of Capernaum (Matthew 4:12-25) to see the synagogue and St. Peter's house, where Jesus would have stayed while ministering in the area. Visit the breathtaking Mount of Beatitudes (Luke 6:12-49) where the Sermon on the Mount was given, continue on to Tabgha (Mark 6:30-44) where we will see the splendid mosaic Commemorating the miracle of the loaves and fishes and visit the nearby Church of Peter's Primacy where Peter was told "Feed my lambs, feed my sheep” (John 21:9).In the afternoon we'll drive to Mt. Tabor, scene of the Transfiguration, visit the beautiful small church atop the mountain. Back to the Hotel Kibbutz Kinar by the Sea of Galilee or similar. (Lunch Included)
October 31 : Jordan River - Mt Nebo - Amman
After breakfast we begin our day at the Jordan River (Yardenit) for a time of spiritual blessing and an opportunity for baptismal remembrance. We head south along Jordan Valley to Allenby Bridge and cross border into Jordan. A short bus ride to Mount Nebo (The alleged burial place of Moses) to enjoy the panoramic view of the Jordan Valley, The Dead Sea – River Jordan and the old church on top of the mountain with its well preserved large pieces of Mosaic that dates back to the Byzantine era. On to Madaba; enjoy a visit to St. George’s cathedral where the 6th century mosaic map is laid down.
Overnight at Hotel Amman Arena Space in Jordan or similar.
November 1 : Petra - Roman Theatre - Royal Tombs
After breakfast visit Petra; A short walk to the Gates of Petra where Horses will be waiting to take us to the beginning of the Siq. Walk through the narrow canyon till the first great monument where the treasury is revealed, The Roman Theatre and Royal Tombs. Check into Petra Panorama Hotel or similar.
November 2 : Israel - Jericho - Dead Sea
After breakfast we drive to Allenby Bridge and cross border to Israel. Drive to Qaser El Yahud (traditional baptism site on Jordan River). Continue our drive to Jericho and enjoy a view point on it. The ancient Canaanite city destroyed by the power of God (Josh. 5-6). It is the oldest known inhabited city in the world. It was in Jericho that Jesus encountered Zacchaeus (Lk. 19). We'll also enjoy a splendid view of Mt. Temptation (Luke 4:1-13), where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. Next stop is at Qumran, the site where the Dead Sea scrolls were unearthed. We will have time for a swim (or rather a float) in the mineral-rich waters. We continue to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight at Shalom Hotel in Jerusalem or similar.
November 3 : Mt of Olives - Garden of Gethsemane - Bethlehem
We begin our day with a visit to the Mt. of Olives to walk the Palm Sunday route stopping at Dominus Flevit (Luke 19:41), where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Our journey takes us to Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-56), where we will visit the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed his last prayer before being arrested. We continue on to the Cave of Betrayal and the Cave of Assumption of Mary to Heaven. We visit Pater Noster, where the universality of the Catholic Church is evident in the tiled mosaics of the Lord's Prayer in as many as 160 languages. We finish our morning’s visits at the Chapel of the Ascension from where Jesus ascended to Heaven. In the afternoon we drive to Shepherd's Fields (Luke 2:8-20) where the angels announced the birth of Jesus and visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which stands upon the site where Jesus was born. We have time to shop before returning to our hotel for dinner.
November 4 : Via Dolorosa - Mt Zion - Jerusalem
This morning we wake very early for one of the highlights of our trip. As the sun rises we retrace the last steps of Jesus on Good Friday. As we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the Old City we will pray along the Stations of the Cross as we walk the same path Jesus took. We visit St. Anne's Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Saints Joachim and Anne. We will see the Ecce Homo where Pilate proclaimed "Behold the man…” We reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice as we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We continue to the Western Wall (the most holy place for Jews). We exit at Mt. Zion gate to visit the Upper Room (John 13:1-30), the location of the Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey where we believe the blessed Mary died. We end the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu (John 18:12) where Peter denied Christ three times. This afternoon you will have free time to rest or explore Jerusalem. Return to our hotel for dinner.
November 5 : Departure Tel Aviv
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out by 11:00am. Sharing departure transfer to Ben Gurion airport for your return flight back home.